Senior Development Officer

Full Time Permanent
Location: Downtown Toronto
Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Start date: Negotiable


The National Youth Orchestra, Canada’s premier training institute for young orchestral musicians, is seeking a new Senior Development Officer to join its growing advancement team. Building on our highly successful Government of Canada sesquicentennial tour, the Orchestra has significantly increased its donor base and fundraising revenue, and now has an outstanding opportunity available for a fundraising professional to train under our highly experienced Director of Development, with a view to becoming the future leader of our growing fundraising department, as we build on strong momentum, and work to build a significant endowment. We are currently recruiting for a Senior Development Officer to join us at this exciting time.

Since its founding in 1960, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada has emerged as the country’s preeminent professional orchestral and chamber music training institute. Each year, 100 gifted young artists aged 16 to 28 attend a free summer training institute taught by prestigious faculty, under the baton of a world-renowned conductor. Following this competitive selection process, the entire Orchestra comes together at a residential 8-week intensive training institute, preparing a world-class repertoire, which they then tour nationally and internationally during July and August. This year, the tour will take us to 6 Canadian cities and 3 prestigious festivals in Germany.

Are you a fundraising professional with experience of or interest in a career in the arts? Do you possess at least 3 years’ experience with a focus on major gifts, sponsorship, stewardship and planned giving? Do you possess willingness to represent the orchestra face to face with leading donors, to close major gifts and to take responsibility meeting financial goals? Do you have the ability to activate ‘cold’ contacts through prospect outreach activity? If so, keep reading!

In this role, you will be supported by a strong team of writing and communications colleagues, who will help you hone your skills in writing proposals, closing gifts, and staffing the fundraising committee. You will build relationships with existing donors, plus help us reach new supporters, with the coaching and support of our Director of Development, who, when you feel ready, will support you in taking over leadership of the department.

This role is ideally suited for someone with a passion for music and the arts, who is looking for a generalist opportunity to hone their skills in all aspects of a busy advancement operation.  The incumbent develops strategies to promote loyal giving and to upgrade donor giving, personally solicits gifts (both independently and in conjunction with senior administrators and senior fundraising volunteers), and stewards donors. The incumbent actively participates in planned giving, donor relations and stewardship, annual giving, public relations, and sound data management, using the SUMAC databasing system.

Ideally, your qualifications include:

A university education or equivalent combination of education and fundraising experience, preferably in an arts or education setting, plus a minimum of 3 years’ experience in professional fundraising, with a focus on major gifts and with significant exposure to stewardship and planned giving. Arts fundraising and legacy giving experience would be an asset, as well as:

  • experience in direct response through direct mail and online/e-commerce platforms
  • willingness to assist with and sometimes lead special donor events
  • experience in a direct, front-facing role with sophisticated donors, and a willingness to be the face to face representative liaising with our donors and sponsors
  • superior written and verbal communication skills
  • strong organization, project management, and research skills

To apply for this position, please send resumes to:

Marjorie Maltais

Campaign Assistant